Issue # 42: May 25, 2023
Update from AFT-Oregon Field Rep
Frankie is back from vacation today, but I’m here again so she can get caught back up without worrying about the newsletter! Since last week, your bargaining team has spent six hours working on contract language, and will be meeting again tomorrow evening. We’re in the thick of it! This group of folks is really trying hard to not only update the current contract, but to overhaul it in ways that will genuinely result in better wages, benefits, and working conditions for everyone. Given recent upper administration moves to take away workers’ power to share in the governance of this institution, we have to respond very carefully and in ways that will protect the jobs, processes, and rules y’all are working under.
We have several sub-groups working on specific issues, so if there’s a workplace issue that you know a lot about or have a passion for making better, reach out to me or any of your executive council members and we’ll get you connected!
Announcements and Reminders
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The next General Membership meetings will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
Vice President of Labor Relations
Buck Potter (2022-2023 Term)
Vice President of Organizing
Colin Vurek (2023-2024 Term)
BARGAINING CONTINUES MAY 30, 2023 AT 11:00AM!
Members are welcomed to observe via Zoom with your microphones and cameras OFF, please. I will be running a Slack Chat to allow observers to chat with me and I can pass ideas to the team at the table. I will actually be at the table also but bouncing into the chat to answer questions you may have. Email me your private email address to: colinlccef@ gmail.com so I can add you to the Slack chat. There is also a link below for anyone to RSVP on a Google form. You will find the link for the bargaining meeting below:
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Vacant (2023-2024 Term)
If you are interested in the position of Grievance Officer, or just want to learn more about it, reach out to Buck Potter or Colin Vurek!
Linda Reling (2022-2023 Term)
Bargaining Committee has been meeting multiple times a week to stay on top of the proposals.
Tracy Weimer (2022-2024 Term)
Folks who watched the recent BOE special meeting learned that general counsel is unsure of how to apply an Equity Lens to decision-making. LCC’s Toolkit includes four variations for this type of inquiry. We have a grip of notes from applying LCC’s lens, in three iterations of the tool on the topic of our health clinic (sidequest recovery ctr) at the Equity Lens Summit in June 2019.
Monday is Memorial Day! What does that mean to you and your family?
“Memorial Day commemorates those men and women who died serving in the United States Armed Forces, while Veterans Day honors everyone who has served in the United States Armed Forces, not only those who have passed.” –Diffen
Memorial Day, aka Decoration Day, began in 1866 after the American Civil War, to commemorate both Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the war. Armistice Day was born November 11, 1919 After World War I, to honor veterans who had served. One way to remember is that one is to celebrate those who survived, while the other is all about the fallen. Grandpa was a paratrooper in WWII, he was awarded a purple heart but he made it home.
Our neighbor, the UofO, has only recently begun to observe Veterans Day; they previously read names of the fallen on (Armistice) Veterans day, now they do it on Memorial (Decoration) day. There was a trade off tho *In accordance with Article 42 of the CBA, December 24, Christmas Eve, will no longer be a paid holiday now that UO observes Veterans Day. The university added Juneteenth and Veterans Day to its holiday observance schedule in 2021. In researching this bit, I discovered that U of O has a “Special Day of Leave” holiday time to better serve their DEI vision. I found that very interesting as I do not celebrate christian holidays.
LCC (paid) holiday observances –
- New Year’s Day (January 1)**
- Martin Luther King Day (January)
- President’s Day (February)
- Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
- Juneteenth (June 19)**
- Independence Day (July 4)**
- Labor Day (first Monday in September)
- Veterans Day (November 11)**
- Thanksgiving Day (November) – this should read Indigenous Peoples Day!!
- Friday following Thanksgiving Day (November)
- Last working day before Christmas Day (December)*
- Christmas Day (December 25)* **
- First working day after Christmas Day (December)*
* When Christmas Day falls on a Wednesday, the following Thursday and Friday are observed as holidays instead of the last working day before and the first working day after Christmas Day.
** When a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday; when a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday.
Marleena Pearson (2022-2023 Term)
I have been swamped in my position and as a volunteer at Xanadu at the Very Little Theatre. This is my last weekend there, so I am looking forward to focusing my attention on LCCEF for the rest of bargaining.
Skye Nguyen (2022-2023 Term)
Hello! We have made some great progress with proposals for bargaining in our work sessions! I have learned quite a bit not only about bargaining but more of the details of the contract and building contracts.
Finally, if anyone ever wants to chat about how they can get involved with the union just tag me! 🙂
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Chief Labor Delegate
Mark Jordan (2022-2023 Term)
Fiora Starchild-Wolf (2022-2023 Term)
Officer At Large
Katie Neall (2023-2024 Term)
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